Egyptians beheaded in Saudi Arabia

2011-12-21 14:43

Riyadh - Two Egyptians accused of murdering a Filipino were beheaded by the sword in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, said the interior ministry.

The pair, Wael al-Sayed and Rizq Rajab, lured the Filipino driver by saying they wanted to rent his truck before killing him and stealing the vehicle, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

The beheadings bring to 75 the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year, based on an AFP count.

In September, Amnesty International called on the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where 140 people were on death row to establish an "immediate moratorium on executions".

The London-based rights watchdog said Saudi Arabia was one of a minority of states which voted against a UN General Assembly resolution last December calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

Amnesty says Saudi Arabia executed 27 convicts in 2010, compared to 67 executions announced the year before.

  • abdullah.sujee - 2011-12-21 15:03

    'Two Egyptians accused of murdering'- That's poor editing. Surely if a sentence was met out to them they were not accused but rather convicted ?

      fishycraig - 2011-12-21 19:12

      I'm surprised they didn't write 'alleged'.

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-21 15:44

    Amnesty International can piss right off.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-21 15:50

      yes they can

  • ayesha.safeda - 2011-12-21 16:56

    crime is minimal in that country. i wonder why? and here we leave in crime ridden hell in our "democracy"

      BA - 2011-12-21 17:25

      a crime like not believing in islam (apostasy) - saudi arabia is an apartheid state. I would rather live in South Africa where there is freedom of religion.

  • BA - 2011-12-21 17:23

    Apostasy - i.e. not believing in islam is an offence punishable by death. saudi arabia is an apartheid state.

      Jannie - 2011-12-21 17:56

      @BA you have no idea of apartheid!!!!

      Stewart - 2011-12-21 18:02

      Apostasy has nothing to do with not believing in Islam. Apostasy is abandonment or renunciation of a religion (any religion) by a person. This does not imply it is an apartheid state. If you think it does and their laws at least ensure that murderers, rapists and other similar stinking swine are discouraged and dealt with then viva Apartheid!

      Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2011-12-21 19:16

      Than how are christians living there?

      BA - 2011-12-21 20:46

      At Mohammed: you should know as a good muslim that no Christians are allowed in Saudi Arabia. At Stewart: Don't be stupid man. This is Shariah law - they are talking about islam. They couldn't care less for a heathen religion like Christianity.

      BA - 2011-12-21 20:50

      Saudi Arabia allows Christians to enter the country as foreign workers for temporary work, but does not allow them to practice their faith openly. Because of that Christians generally only worship in secret within private homes.[3] Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are prohibited.[3] These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others.[3] The Saudi Arabian Mutaween (Arabic: ??????), or Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam.[3] Conversion of a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy,[3] a crime punishable by death (Capital punishment in Saudi Arabia) if the accused does not recant.[3] The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services.[3]

  • Jannie - 2011-12-21 17:54

    This country has law and order ! Amnesty Int. can go suck eggs

  • Peter - 2011-12-21 19:32

    Amnesty International should stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states! Why is there relatively little crime in Saudi Arabia? Simply because the punishments are real, are severe and are feared. Who says that the death penalty is not a deterrant?? As far as the apostasy issue goes, I dont agree with it, but it is their law and should be respected as such.

  • Derek - 2011-12-22 16:35

    Disgusting and barbaric, and the West does nothing to condemn it.

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